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2017 by the Numbers: A Year in your Park

December 28

2018 is just around the corner, and we look forward to all of the play, learning and relaxation to come! But before ringing in the New Year, we want to share some of what made 2017 in Hudson River Park so special.

From growing our sustainability efforts to hosting stellar events, your Park has a lot to celebrate, and as we count down these final days of 2017, we’re counting up some of our favorite highlights!

  • Our expanded composting initiative diverted 326,000 pounds of waste from landfills — ensuring that your Park is greener than ever.
  • Throughout our longest Summer of Fun season ever, more than 62,000 people attended 120 free public programs!
  • 27,100 New Yorkers participated in 415 free and low-cost education programs in your Park this year.
  • Park horticulturalists and dedicated volunteers planted 9,795 bulbs, 2,408 annuals, 5,500 perennials and 758 shrubs. No wonder our gardens look so lovely!
  • 2,300 citizen scientists joined us in collecting data for macroplastic and oyster research. Volunteers removed nearly 10,000 pieces of plastic debris – weighing over 700 pounds – from the Hudson River, and our Pier 32 oyster study installed 12 oyster wraps around old pier pilings, restoring 2,400 oysters to the Hudson River.
  • In winter 2017, Park staff logged 1,000 hours on snow removal, keeping our Park safe and beautiful.
  • Nearly 2,000 kids attended free, fun and dynamic children’s programs in Tribeca and Chelsea!
  • 1,898 volunteers donated their time and lent their helping hands to help keep your Park clean and green in 2017.
  • In its fourth year, our annual SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival delighted 6,500 budding scientists.
  • We further protected the beautiful plants and wildlife in our native Habitat Garden by installing 180 posts and 1,729 feet of fence.
  • Nearly 7,000 people tried their hand at catch and release fishing with us at Big City Fishing, and 1,500 Park visitors engaged with the Roving River – your Park’s exciting new aquarium on wheels which showcases local wildlife.
  • More than 20,000 people enjoyed hit movies and family favorites at Hudson RiverFlicks.
  • Over 18,000 of you are following us on Facebook, nearly 15,000 on Instagram, and nearly 10,00 on Twitter (and if you're not, you're missing out)!

A big thanks to you, Park fans, for helping our West Side backyard thrive. We can’t wait for another year of fun in New York’s Park for Play!